The 3241 spectators at Maracana
were in for an afternoon of sunshine. Tristan Åhlsten
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Rune Bjerrum
and Kurt Cornelis
A 5-2-3 alignment was the formation of choice for maldive.
The following players took the field: Sumaye - Denkowski, Makinda, Anjos, Cozzula, Marombwa - Manka, MacAilean - Buzaglo, Ndassa, Kikwete.
Centipede had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation.
Starters: Rian - Sundby, Holth, Nilsen - Pijl, Simensen, Ask, Flatmo, Dyngeland - Nilsen, Bergum.
came close to putting the visiting team one up 2 minutes into the match, following a solo raid down the middle, but D. Sumaye
managed to tip the ball to a corner.
maldive took the lead 21 minutes into the game by 1 - 0, as D. Buzaglo
elegantly received a long range pass through the middle, finishing off with a half-volley shot just below the bar.
maldive put in a good effort on the right, but D. Buzaglo
saw his volley fly wide of the mark 31 minutes into the game.
After 32 minutes, the away team failed to deal with a good exchange of passes on the right, and A. Ndassa
gave the maldive supporters even more to cheer about when he increased the lead to 2 - 0.
33 minutes in, maldive's T. Marombwa
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
2 - 0 was the halftime score.
maldive had most of the ball, with 58 percent of possession.
With 47 minutes played, A. Ndassa
could have brought this one home for maldive as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high.
Things were going to get worse for the visitors. D. Buzaglo
squirmed through their central defence after 66 minutes, increasing the lead to 3 - 0.
Confident in their lead, maldive's players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it.
69 minutes into the game, the referee ruled a penalty for Centipede. Unfortunately, O. Bergum
shot wide of the mark.
Several players seemed a little dazed by the warm weather, and were repeatedly tricked by the clever and agile L. Cozzula
73 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as A. Ndassa
broke through, making the score 4 - 0 for maldive.
Things were deteriorating for the away team as maldive scored another to make it 5 - 0 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for A. Ndassa
after 75 minutes.
By then A. Ndassa
had scored three goals - a hat trick!
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by maldive, with 56 percent of the ball.
Most important maldive player was D. Buzaglo
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The most dominating Centipede player was without a doubt R. Pijl
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 5 - 0.